You're looking at a Gypsum mine in Gypsum, Colorado. I created this work to address American Gypsum's improper mining practice. Since creating this work, I've handed out informative pamphlets educating the town of pollutants from the mine which seep into the soil and enter both; the Colorado River and their community park lake. This work has only been privately collected. Limited editions remain.
An inside look at Gypsum and the work Vaticinate:
About the site:
The town of Gypsum, Colorado has just under 7,000 people and is roughly the same size as the adjacent town of Eagle, a handful of miles east. Both towns share a common ground to the large plant: American Gypsum, the areas largest employer. Gypsum is a mineral that comes from the Earth and is primarily mined for drywall and joint compound manufacturing with American Gypsum being a large U.S. producer.
Currently, American Gypsum is looking to expand its interests and break open a new mine near its current site in Gypsum. Its practices, like all other mining companies are subject to EPA standards. It has been shut down numerous times for unsafe practices and re-opened under a new name over the years.
The size of this plant and the natural abundance of gypsum in the area is remarkable to see. The town and its people are not only subject to these mishaps and malpractices like toxins entering their drinking water and fishing ponds, but the Colorado river, a major waterway runs 50 meters North of the site. How we treat our Earth is how we face our future...
Thank-you Matt Colaizzo for your support, shovel toss and process photos. Watching the sun change upon that landscape I'll never forget.